• Kate

REVIEW: The Mars Room

Updated: Feb 16, 2019

“The trouble with San Francisco was that I could never have a future in that city, only a past.”


I was so torn about my rating for this one. Shall we meet in the middle and say 3.5 stars?

What I loved about this book, was it’s deep analysis and criticism of mass incarceration, particular with reference to the USA but the themes are familiar here in the UK too. This was one of those books that perfectly fills the role of fiction as a commentary on society and is definitely worth a read.

However, the book is written with chapters focussing on a certain character at the time, and one particular character I just didn’t understand the point of having there. Which meant that every time (not often but still) the chapter focussed on him, I either put the book down because I wasn’t interested or tried to rush through it to the next chapter.

All-in-all though, if you enjoy the kind of fiction that challenges the world and makes you seriously think about the issues we face in society, then you will definitely enjoy this. It was well written, and I’m without-a-doubt glad that I picked it up.

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*Please note that this book was given to me free-of-charge by the publisher.


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